Tuesday June 19, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A former assistant principal at Taconic High School is poised to become the city's interim school superintendent.

Gordon L. Noseworthy of Northampton said he has accepted the School Committee's offer to temporarily lead the Pittsfield Public Schools, until a permanent superintendent is found. The appointment is pending successful contract negotiations.

By a 6-1 vote, the seven-member committee, with Daniel Elias opposed, agreed on Monday night to offer the position to Noseworthy, who is currently retired. If a deal is struck, according to committee Chairman Alfred E. "Alf" Barbalunga, Noseworthy could be on board next week -- just in time to succeed Howard "Jake" Eberwein III. Eberwein announced in January he would resign as superintendent effective June 30.

Meanwhile, the committee by a 6-1 vote, with Elias again opposed, has made a final contract offer to N. Tracy Crowe to become the city's new deputy superintendent of schools. If Crowe accepts the deal, she will replace Barbara Malkas, who is leaving to become the public schools superintendent in Webster on July 1.

If no deal is reached, the committee will start another search for the second in command in the Pittsfield school district, according to Barbalunga.

Crowe is currently a math coordinator and assistant high school principal in Marblehead.

Noseworthy began his near 40-year career in public education as Taconic's assistant principal in the 1969-1970 school year. He would later become a high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in five other Massachusetts school districts before retiring in 2005.

Noseworthy's only stint as an interim superintendent came in the 2010-11 academic year in North Brookfield.

"As an interim, you can't look down the road; you have to maintain momentum of the school district," he said in a phone interview with The Eagle from his home.

The committee chose Noseworthy over Basan Nembirkow of Southwick, a retired superintendent and the only other candidate for the interim position. Last week, the school board interviewed both men at length in public session.

Barbalunga expects Noseworthy will be a good fit for Pittsfield.

"He seems to be a collaborative leader rather than one who delegates," he said.

To reach Dick Lindsay:
rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com,
or (413) 496-6233.